Seattle Park District funds the renovation of two Ballard park play areas

webster-8-003Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) renovated Gilman Playground (923 NW 54th St.) and Webster Park (3025 NW 68th St.) play areas, both of which opened in December 2016. The play area renovations replaced aging play equipment and improved park accessibility.

Gilman Park features a play structure with a 16-foot tall play tower, two new slides, and inclusive play elements designed for 5- to 12-year-old children. A structure with a slide and new swings was installed for 2- to 5-year-old children. The park also features an accessible ramp, providing access for all into the play area, as well as a new concrete seating plaza.

Webster Park includes a new play structure for 2- to 5-year-old children, complete with inclusive play elements and a rainbow slide similar in design to the old slide that was in the park. Play structures for 5- to 12-year-old children include rocks and rope elements that offer climbing and balance opportunities. SPR installed a new sand digging area and provided new basketball backboards, hoops, and nets. The entry at 68th St., along with a portion of the sidewalk, was improved to provide universal access into the play area.

Thank you to everyone that attending the public meetings and provide input for the improvements.

The Seattle Park District provided the funding for these play area improvement projects. Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

For information about the projects and construction updates please visit: https://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/gilman-playground-play-area-renovation or http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/webster-park-play-area-renovation.

If you have questions about these projects, please contact Katie Bang, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-684-9286 or katie.bang@seattle.gov.

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